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    Cool Third party/ hand over

    Hi,

    Is the following sentence understandable?

    "That corrupted lawyer might hand over the archives to a third party"

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    Default Re: Third party/ hand over

    It's not really a complete sentence. Apart from that, it would be more usual to use "corrupt", rather than corrupted", unless you were referring to a lawyer who had just been corrupted, and you wished to emphasise this.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: Third party/ hand over

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    It's not really a complete sentence. Apart from that, it would be more usual to use "corrupt", rather than corrupted", unless you were referring to a lawyer who had just been corrupted, and you wished to emphasise this.
    I agree with your comment on the use of "corrupted" vs. "corrupt". But why do you feel that it is not a complete sentence? Perhaps you don't see that "that" refers or could refer to a specific lawyer, as in "that one" as opposed to "another one".

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    Default Re: Third party/ hand over

    It's understandable as a sentence if it's in response to something like "What do you think might happen in the court case?" or "What's the worst thing that could happen to the papers in those archives?"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Bill and Ems
    You are both absolutely right, of course. I can plead only old age and staying up too late.....
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: Third party/ hand over

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's understandable as a sentence if it's in response to something like "What do you think might happen in the court case?" or "What's the worst thing that could happen to the papers in those archives?"
    Yes, as a conjunctive function word too, but I think an article is necessary as in "That the/a corrupted lawyer......"

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    Default Re: Third party/ hand over

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Yes, as a conjunctive function word too, but I think an article is necessary as in "That the/a corrupted lawyer......"
    I was using "that" to identify a specific corrupt lawyer who is already known to both parties.

    That man over there just stole my cake!
    That corrupt lawyer might pass over the papers
    That car nearly ran me over.
    That girl who reads the news has very strange hair.
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    Default Re: Third party/ hand over

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I was using "that" to identify a specific corrupt lawyer who is already known to both parties.

    That man over there just stole my cake!
    That corrupt lawyer might pass over the papers
    That car nearly ran me over.
    That girl who reads the news has very strange hair.
    OK. That (there it is again! ) was as in my original response.

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